Recent Viewpoints

September 23, 2020
Senator Ben Sasse

Kerby Anderson The US Senate as an institution is sick and dysfunctional. Senator Ben Sasse, playing the role of physician, provides both an accurate diagnosis and recommended cures. But I fear that the Senate will prefer to remain sick. His first recommendation is to “cut the cameras” since most of what happens in committee hearings “isn’t oversight, its showmanship.” Senators give speeches that are chopped up and shipped to the local media. The senators aren’t trying to learn since they…

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September 22, 2020
black-man-prisoner

Kerby Anderson On my radio program recently, one of my guests mentioned that it is nearly always assumed that any racial disparities are due to racism. When there is a significant difference between black and white citizens, certainly racial prejudice or discrimination should be considered. But it shouldn’t always be the assumed conclusion. Mario Loyola believes we can often find other explanations. For example, according to reports from the New York Police Department, “black men are arrested and prosecuted in…

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September 21, 2020
elections 2020 flag, man pondering What if?

Kerby Anderson As we get closer to Election Day, some people are asking the “what if” question. What if the ballots in some states aren’t confirmed by the time the Electoral College meets in December? What if neither presidential candidate wins the Electoral College vote? Those are important questions that I hope we don’t have to answer in real life, but here are how those questions should be decided according to the Constitution. The procedure is set forth in Article…

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September 18, 2020
seniors-nursing-home with-computer

Penna Dexter Here’s good advice for everyone to remember as we enter election season: “Never trust a stranger with your ballot.”  This comes from Ken Blackwell, the former Mayor of Cincinnati. It’s particularly timely because, this November, universal Vote By Mail will take place in more than the few states where it’s already practiced. This differs from absentee voting in which a voter requests a ballot to mail back by election day. Universal Vote by Mail means ballots are sent…

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September 18, 2020
Woman paying for vegetables at farmer's market

Kerby Anderson Charles Mizrahi was on my radio program recently to talk about his article, “Prosperity and Generosity: The Biblical Roots of Capitalism.” Although we often talk about the Bible and capitalism, this interview was a bit different because he is Jewish and used Old Testament passages to promote the idea of free enterprise. He wrote his article because he was so disturbed by politicians and young people bemoaning our economic system. Instead, they were calling for more government programs…

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September 17, 2020
boxes of mailed ballots

Kerby Anderson Less than two months before a national election, lawsuits are being filed to change election laws. In Georgia, the law used to require that absentee ballots that arrived after Election Day were to be set aside and eventually destroyed. A federal judge now has ordered Georgia officials to count all ballots postmarked by Election Day even if they arrive days later. A similar injunction has been filed in Pennsylvania. A lawsuit in Ohio is challenging the need for…

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September 16, 2020
Long Line to buy guns

Kerby Anderson Back in July, one social commentator concluded that even the most prestigious public-relations firms could not have come up with a more effective advertising campaign for gun manufacturers than what was happening in the streets. While riots were breaking out in our major cities, protesters were marching with “defund the police” signs. Many Americans who never planned to buy a firearm were having second thoughts. A civilized society expects a level of law and order. It depends on…

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September 15, 2020
Judge Rivera swearing in

Kerby Anderson During this presidential election, we will likely hear pundits talking about flipping courts. Will a reelected President Trump continue flipping courts, or will a President Biden be able to flip courts back? When Trump took office, Democratic appointees had a majority in nine circuit courts. By contrast, Republican appointees only had a majority in four circuit courts. It is also worth mentioning that judges appointed by a Republican president don’t always render a conservative opinion, while nearly all…

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September 14, 2020
New-York-City-Riots

Kerby Anderson Months of legitimate protests have sadly devolved into riots and violence in many of our major cities. Hundreds of police officers have been injured, dozens of people have been killed, and billions of dollars of property have been destroyed. Why did this happen? The spark was a video of the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. But the reaction was much greater in this tragic death than any other. Victor Davis Hanson observes…

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September 11, 2020
defund the police - San Diego

Penna Dexter As protesters in cities across America call for abolishing or defunding police, we wonder: who are these people? If black lives truly matter, why defund the protection that helps minority-owned shop owners and businesses to operate in these cities. Charles Blain heads up two non-profits: Urban Reform, which seeks to offer solutions that will revive American cities, and Urban Reform Institute, its associated think tank. He points out that “the movement to defund police has a crucial flaw;…

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September 11, 2020
Become a Poll Worker

Kerby Anderson A few weeks ago, one of my radio guests brought up a potential problem in this election that I had never considered. Fortunately, this is something we can fix, with your help. We may not have enough poll workers at the polls. Many states will face a shortage of thousands of poll workers this time because so many of them are older and face a potentially higher risk for the coronavirus. That may cause them to cancel their…

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